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Barnard Castle, Durham

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Barnard Castle, Durham

Barnard Castle ("Barney") is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it grew up. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. The Bowes Museum has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, housed in a "magnificent" 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th century Silver Swan automaton though art includes work by Goya and El Greco.
Administrative CountyDurham
Traditional CountyDurham
OS GridNZ0516
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth East
Police AuthorityDurham
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Ambulance AuthorityNorth East
Dialling code01833

Other names by which Barnard Castle, Durham has been known in the past

Barnards Castle ~ Bernard Castle

Barnard Castle, Durham in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Barnard Castle, market town and township, Gainford par., Durham, on river Tees, 15 miles W. of Darlington by rail -- township, 40l7 ac., pop. 4269; town (extending into Startforth par., Yorkshire), 632 ac., pop. 4544; 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Wednesday. The Town Hall dates from 1747, and St Mary's Church (restored 1871) from the end of the 12th century. The ruined castle, from which the town takes its origin, was founded (1180) by Barnard Baliol, grandfather of John Baliol; it is the scene of part of Sir Walter Scott's "Rokeby." The chief mfrs. are carpets, woollen cloth, and hats. Barnard Castle has become popular as a health resort; there is a chalybeate spring 2 miles distant. The Duke of Cleveland, who owns the manor, takes hence the title of viscount and baron.

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